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Grants for Public Outdoor Recreation and Facilities. Division of Grant Administration Gregory Akers, Senior Grant Administrator. Good Morning.

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Grants for public outdoor recreation and facilities

Grants for PublicOutdoor Recreation andFacilities

Division of Grant Administration

Gregory Akers, Senior Grant Administrator


Good morning
Good Morning

  • I would like to take a few minutes this morning to discuss some of the grant funding opportunities available for outdoor recreation facilities from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources


Objectives of this presentation are as follows
Objectives of this presentation are as follows:

  • To share information on several public outdoor recreation grant programs

  • To explain the priorities for funding for the most popular grant programs.

  • To list the publications available to assist in the preparation of grant applications.

  • To explain how to access IDNR grant applications on the Internet.


Recreation grants in aid programs
Recreation Grants-in Aid Programs

  • Boat Access Area Development

  • Bicycle Path Grants

  • Federal LWCF Grants

  • Off-Highway Vehicle Grants

  • Open Space Lands Acquisition &Development (OSLAD)

  • Public Museum Grants

  • Recreational Trails Program

  • Local Government Snowmobile Grants

  • Snowmobile Trail Establishment Fund



Open space land acquisition development oslad grant program details
Open Space Land Acquisition Development (OSLAD) Grant Program Details

  • Up to 50% reimbursement for the acquisition and development of lands for public parks & open space

  • Eligible grant applicants are: units of local government Park District, Conservation Districts, Municipalities, Townships and County Governments

  • Maximum acquisition grant = $750,000

  • Maximum development grant = $400,00

  • For the last several years, $20 million dollars has been available for OSLAD grant funding


Open space land acquisition development oslad grant program details1
Open Space Land Acquisition Development (OSLAD) Grant Program Details

  • Annual application cycle: May 1- July 1

  • Application deadline is 12:00 PM on July 1 or the first business day of July

  • This year, the cut-off date for applications is July 3 since July 1 is on a Saturday

  • Agencies are limited to a maximum of 1 acquisition and 1 development grant application annually

  • Grants are generally announced in the winter typically in January, but have been announced as early as November and as late as April


Current oslad priority projects include
Current Program DetailsOSLAD Priority Projects Include:

  • Protection or enhancement of significant natural areas

  • Protection or enhancement of threatened and endangered species habitat

  • Protection or enhancement of significant wildlife areas

  • Protection or enhancement of natural wetland areas

  • Promoting conservation education opportunities


Current oslad priority projects include1
Current Program DetailsOSLAD Priority Projects Include:

  • Promoting recreational use of surface waters

  • Protection or recreational use of linear greenways

  • Interagency cooperation in providing and/or effectively utilizing local recreation resources

  • Enhancing recreational opportunities for minority and less affluent populations or adaptive reuse of inner urban properties for open space and park purposes


Current oslad priority projects include2
Current Program DetailsOSLAD Priority Projects Include:

  • Priorities for OSLAD acquisition assistance will be given to local agencies with less acreage than the statewide median.

  • Priorities for OSLAD development assistance is given to local agencies where a deficiency of proposed recreation facilities exists.


Eligible oslad projects may include
Eligible OSLAD Projects May Include: Program Details

  • Acquisition of land for new park sites or park expansion, water frontage, nature study, and natural areas

  • Picnic and playground facilities

  • Outdoor interpretive facilities

  • Sports courts and playfields

  • Swimming pools, beaches and bathhouses


Eligible oslad projects may include1
Eligible OSLAD Projects May Include: Program Details

  • Campgrounds and fishing piers

  • Winter sports facilities

  • Park roads and paths, parking, utilities and restrooms


Oslad application evaluation criteria
OSLAD Program DetailsApplication Evaluation Criteria:

  • A project consistent with a master parks & recreation plan or strategic or capital plan

  • Documentation of public involvement in the project’s planning

  • Diverse facilities of “high need” (in comparison to “IRFI”)

  • An accurate and detailed site development plan

  • Low site infrastructure costs

  • Proposed facilities that are accessible to the disabled



Lwcf grant program details
LWCF Grant Program Details Program Details

  • Grant Application is exactly the same as OSLAD with the same application deadline of July 1

  • This program is federally-funded as opposed to OSLAD which is state-funded

  • Up to 50% Grant funding for Acquisition of lands for Public Parks & Open Space

  • Maximum grant award is $ 750,000.00

  • Funding level is uncertain for this year


Bike path grant program
Bike Path Grant Program Program Details


Bike path grant program details
Bike Path Grant Program Details Program Details

  • Up to 50% reimbursement for the acquisition and development of bicycle paths

  • Eligible grant applicants are: units of local government

  • (Park Districts, Conservation Districts, Forest Preserve Districts, Municipalities, Township and County Governments, etc.)

  • Maximum acquisition grant = No maximum grant cap

  • Maximum development grant = $200,000

  • For the last couple of years, $2.5 million dollars has been available annually for grants


Bike path grant program details1
Bike Path Grant Program Details Program Details

  • Annual application cycle: January 1 – March 1

  • Application deadline is 12:00 Noon

  • Beginning next year, there will be no limit on the number of applications that an agency may submit each year

  • Paths developed through the program MUST be a minimum of 8 feet wide and CANNOT be circular paths within a park

  • Grants awards are generally announced in the fall


Bike path application evaluation criteria project priorities
Bike Path Application Evaluation Criteria Program DetailsProject Priorities

  • Population Served (the greater the #, the better)

  • Trail Significance (Statewide – Regional – Local)

  • First Trail in the Service Area

  • Major Expansion to an Existing Trail

  • Important Link to Existing Trails

  • Trail Length (the longer, the better)

  • Local Planning Involved

  • Environmental Factors/Trail Attributes

  • Multiple Trail Users Allowed (equestrians, snowmobilers, etc.)

  • Include support facilities (restrooms, parking, shade)


Eligible development projects may include
Eligible Development Projects May Include: Program Details

  • Bike path Construction or Renovation, Including: Clearing, Grading, Drainage, and Surfacing

  • Bridging

  • Fencing

  • Regulatory/Informational Signs

  • Restroom Buildings, Drinking Fountains, Parking Areas


Boat access area development grant program motorized facilities
Boat Access Area Development Grant Program Program Details(Motorized Facilities)


Boat access area development grant program non motorized canoe facilities
Boat Access Area Development Grant Program Program Details(Non-Motorized/Canoe Facilities)


Boat access grant program details
Boat Access Grant Program Details Program Details

  • 100% reimbursement for the development of boat/canoe launches and associated facilities (entrance road, parking, restroom facilities, etc.)

  • 90% reimbursement for the acquisition of land to be developed for a boat/canoe launch

  • Eligible grant applicants are: units of local government (Park Districts, Conservation Districts, Forest Preserve Districts, Municipalities, Township and County Governments, Port Authorities, etc.)


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Boat Access Grant Program Details Program Details

  • Maximum boat (motorized) grant =200,000

  • Maximum canoe (non-motorized) grant =50,000

  • For the last several years, the Boat Access grant program has had $725,000 available for grants


Current boat access priority projects include
Current Boat Access Priority Projects include: Program Details

  • Development of new launches

  • Projects that create or improve a water trail

  • Projects located in counties with high numbers of registered watercraft

  • Sites that have high projected facility use

  • Projects that have documented public planning and citizen input

  • Suitable location

  • Project sponsor financial cooperation

  • Project sponsor’s ability to maintain the site

  • No facility user fees


How to access grant application information and forms on the internet
How to access grant application information and forms on the Internet

  • Go to www.dnr.state.il.us

  • Click on “Grant Info”

  • Click on “Recreational Grants-in-Aid Programs”

  • Click on the grant program of your choice


List of publications
List of Publications Internet

  • Outdoor Recreation Facilities Guide

  • Playground Planning Guide

  • Community Park and Recreation Planning Guide

  • Boating and Canoe Access Development Guide


Lake county grants awards
Lake County Grants Awards Internet

  • OSLAD 20,000,000

  • LWCF 22,400,000

  • BIKE 4,300,000

  • BOATS 819,000

  • SNOW 514,000

  • STEF 89,000

  • MUSEUM (C) 1,500,000

  • OLT 13,000,000

  • RTP 63,000

  • TOTAL $ 62,685,000


In closing
In Closing Internet

  • The Office of Architecture, Engineering and Grants Division of Grant Administration manages hundreds of projects amounting to millions of dollars in grant funding for outdoor recreation areas/facilities.

  • Questions?

  • If you have any questions regarding our grant programs, please call: 217-782-7481 or send us an e-mail at: [email protected]

  • Thanks for your time and attention this morning!


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